A short psychological horror game that focuses on storytelling and mystery, where you explore a mysterious abandoned building and find notes that paint a disturbing picture. Please read description before playing.
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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May 3

'The Grandfather' has been released

The collab project between MPR Art Hallucinations and I--The Grandfather--has been released on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/433750/

The Grandfather is a strange point and click adventure inspired by surrealist films such as David Lynch's Eraserhead. It follows the story of an old man who is tormented by the coldness of his wife, and wakes up one night to find that his arms, legs, and torso are missing, leaving him a disembodied floating head.

Keep in mind that The Grandfather was designed/directed by MPR Art Hallucinations (creator of The Lady) and simply programmed by me. So expect a much different (much more surreal) experience than you get in my solo horror games.

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“The pure terror of Fingerbones would make Hitchcock proud.”
N/A – Kill Screen Daily

“It’s one of the more unsettling games I’ve played in a while because it isn’t afraid to tackle a mature, even taboo subject...”
N/A – Bloody Disgusting

About This Game

Originally released last year, Fingerbones was my first experiment in narrative-focused horror. You begin in a mysterious abandoned building, pitch dark save for the golden light filtering in from the windows. As you explore, scattered notes begin to tell a disturbing tale.

Since then, I have released two other horror games (The Moon Sliver and The Music Machine), which take lessons learned from Fingerbones into account, and improve on its ideas. However, some people still consider Fingerbones their favorite. So it is now available on Steam for free, with a few minor enhancements.

SOME FACTS ABOUT FINGERBONES

- It's a short, narrative-focused horror experience, in the vein of games like Serena. If you're averse to reading or demand overt threats and jumpscares in your horror games, this is not a game for you.

- It deals with disturbing subject matter. Be aware that this is not a game for children or those likely to be easily triggered.

- It features a unique artstyle that combines elements of pixel horror with realistic lighting effects, which is intended to enhance the surreal atmosphere.

- This is not a Unity Asset Store collection. Modeling, music, environments, textures, and programming were done from scratch. Sound effects were manufactured from creative commons samples.

- Its music is a dynamic part of the game world, evolving based on the player's movements around the environment.

- It attempts to bring some logic and purpose to the traditional "collect scattered notes" narrative mechanic of many indie horror games.

- It is an experiment in creating an intense, horrifying experience through narrative, atmosphere, and pacing alone.

- It is intended to be completed in a single sitting (usually around half an hour for most players), and does not feature a save system.

- Be aware that the game quits automatically upon completion.

- If you're interested in reading my thoughts on the game a year later, check out http://ironsnowflakes.blogspot.com/2015/07/looking-at-fingerbones-year-later.html

- Many of the ideas about narrative and horror were expanded on in The Moon Sliver and The Music Machine. Consider taking a look at them if you like what you see in Fingerbones.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or Higher
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Graphics: AMD 6870 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 80 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Any computer capable of running typical Unity games should be able to run Fingerbones without any trouble.
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Lorddask01
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
despite the fact that the game took me only 10 or 20 minutes at most to complete, it does provoke some interesting thoughts. and it was free. definitely not challenging or intense, which i hope the developer(s) weren't going for) but enjoyable for an extremely short game. play it if you need to keep yourself occupied for a few minutes.
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BlazeHedgehog
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
I was more bored during this than scared. There's some decent atmosphere, I guess, and the lighting is kind of nice (for what it is), but ultimately it's really hollow.

Let's take, for example, the writing, because that's all you can really focus on in something like this. There are no people in this story. Instead, we are left with storytelling tropes that are vectors for horrible things. You are meant to automatically care because he's a dad and she's a daughter, but there's nothing to grab on to beyond that. Gross, terrible things are described in this game, but it never makes a connection. It never moves beyond words on a page.

Gameplay is incredibly tedious. The game makes you do a lot of walking back and forth between what are literally the two furthest points in the environment. Your reward is a Halloween Spooky Sounds tape of breathing and sobbing to keep you company as you slowly trudge from point A to point B and back to point A.

At one point I stood on a cardboard box right as a spooky sound played, and the way you slowly float up when you stand on an object made me think I'd triggered something important. I didn't. The game just has weird, slow controls.

And, uh, that's kind of it. On the plus side, it's free and mercifully short. It opens by telling you to set aside half an hour. I cleared it in 17 minutes, even with all of the laborious walking. So it's not like I can be too angry it wasted tons of my time, right?

But that's still not exactly a ringing endorsement, is it.
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the_alpha_lizard
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
meh.
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1ekeer
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
it's a nice short game for when you've got half an hour to kill

but my escape-game-player-mentality told me to go through drawers and open filing cabinets to learn more.


HINT:

walk across the room and pick up the flashlight
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mmnfaxd
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
Quite a nice idea, but imo this game is too short, and too few things happen in it - even as for such small demo.

In comparsion I actually liked game Moirai more.
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Erwes 7
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
How should I say this? Well, in my opinion this game is fantastic, plain and simple but also with a very deep and disturbing story. This game drags the player into it's mysterious atmosphere and lore while urging him/her to uncover the formentioned story. In order to do so the player has to figure out different passwords indicated by the papers which tell the story. This isn't one of those games which use jumpscares, or other stuff considered scary to make you feel uneasy and rather lets you imagine what happened with the people involved. This game isn't for everybody as it requieres hard thinking and patience, as it is intendeed to mess with your mind rather than your heartrate. So if you have a keen mind, love mysteries and have 30 minutes to spend for this experience (yes, that's how much it took me to finish the game, after you fiish it it only takes like 2 minutes to do it again, not even joking) I strongly recommend playing this game as I'm sure you won't regret it.
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EeveeGaming
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
A simplistic style with eerie sounds which are laid out nicely. Although there are no jumpscares the back story that you follow is very interesting and worth the slow pace (it is quite frustrating how slow you can move.) The passwords are quite easy to figure but are a nice touch. Would recomend for the story, not for anything else.
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TropicalChibi
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
No jump scares
No hyper-realistic gore
Minimal graphics
And this still manages to be REALLY disturbing.

It's very short, and leaves you thinking.
You should totally try this.
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raven_guest13
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
There is a lot of beauty in this game with its mishmash of beautiful rendering of light, and Minecraft-esque surfaces. Whilst I predicted the ending, it was still a good play. Admittedly, maybe I missed something, but a couple of the 'puzzles' seemed to be random and I had to cheat as I couldn't for the life of me work it out.

The music was atmospheric, the setting was creepy but beautiful. Well done
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liulfr_mcshane
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
This game has no jump scares, which is excellent, has some interesting atmosphere, which is nice, and as many have said, it deals interestingly with dark subject matter, but...

It's sort of trite? And I don't just mean in the sense that it's short enough to play through in 35 minutes or less. I just mean that, even with all the endless back-and-forth wandering it entails (and yes, you'll be walking the same routes over and over throughout play) and the creepy lighting and soundscape, it's just - short and simple, with not a real shock to be had. The ending, which I won't spoil here, becomes fairly obvious as soon as you're a couple of notes in, or if you have any basic sense of how these sorts of "deep, dark, horrid secret" games almost always work.

The character whose jottings guide you around, whom you are probably supposed to be, is of the instantly-repulsive, pretentious sort, even before you learn the full extent of his misdeeds. I'm sure the point must have been to make you dislike this person from the moment you read what they wrote, or else things would have been far more subtle.

Basically, while this game is creepy and has nice atmosphere, it does nothing new with the sort of person who is revealed to you through the pages you read. It's the same sort of see-the-end-a-mile-away, "AND THEN YOU WAS SKELETON!" writing that we've come to expect from atmospheric little horror games which can rightly boast no jump scares, but which then at the same time do nothing to shock that you couldn't just as easily see on the evening news or any article about very bad people doing very awful things to those around them.

Maybe, as a survivor of CSA, I'm sort of jaded, but frankly, this game is almost less horror, and more simply pointing out "See, look! People are bad and do awful things to those they're expected to protect and care for!" with some "horror" accoutrements in the form of creepy sounds and cobweb riddled, darkened rooms, and frankly, if you don't already realise in this day and age that there are plenty of horrific people in the world who already flourish doing the sorts of things that come up over the course of Fingerbones, and don't find the thought distasteful without needing indie horror games to remind you, then I don't know what to tell you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I was more bored during this than scared. There's some decent atmosphere, I guess, and the lighting is kind of nice (for what it is), but ultimately it's really hollow.

Let's take, for example, the writing, because that's all you can really focus on in something like this. There are no people in this story. Instead, we are left with storytelling tropes that are vectors for horrible things. You are meant to automatically care because he's a dad and she's a daughter, but there's nothing to grab on to beyond that. Gross, terrible things are described in this game, but it never makes a connection. It never moves beyond words on a page.

Gameplay is incredibly tedious. The game makes you do a lot of walking back and forth between what are literally the two furthest points in the environment. Your reward is a Halloween Spooky Sounds tape of breathing and sobbing to keep you company as you slowly trudge from point A to point B and back to point A.

At one point I stood on a cardboard box right as a spooky sound played, and the way you slowly float up when you stand on an object made me think I'd triggered something important. I didn't. The game just has weird, slow controls.

And, uh, that's kind of it. On the plus side, it's free and mercifully short. It opens by telling you to set aside half an hour. I cleared it in 17 minutes, even with all of the laborious walking. So it's not like I can be too angry it wasted tons of my time, right?

But that's still not exactly a ringing endorsement, is it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Quite a nice idea, but imo this game is too short, and too few things happen in it - even as for such small demo.

In comparsion I actually liked game Moirai more.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
This is a very deep and demented story but, the concept behind the whole game itself is just fantastic.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
While I'm glad that there are others who enjoyed the game, I found that it really wasn't for me personally.

The game for me was way too dark so I wasn't sure what I was doing or if I was doing anything at all. I just wandered around and clicked things in the dark, oblivious. I couldn't even see the doors. I was also frustrated with how slow I was moving and I didn't really understand what I was supposed to be doing or why. I just showed up to play a game and get some spoops, but alas I found none. Perhaps this is a 'git gud' issue?

The graphics or mechanics aren't bad outside of how dark it was(I really would have liked a gamma slider). The atmosphere even felt solid as far as spoops.

Anyway, it was a free game so it is impossible to criticize the price. Therefore, I believe I got what I paid for. Which bums me out. Maybe in a few months I'll dust this title off and give it another go. Hopefully I can change my down-thumb to an up-thumb as I'm sure this is a completely different game when you can see things! :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
it's a nice short game for when you've got half an hour to kill

but my escape-game-player-mentality told me to go through drawers and open filing cabinets to learn more.


HINT:

walk across the room and pick up the flashlight
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
wasn't really scary and no jump scares but really interesting.

10/10 always love to hear children scream
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250 of 276 people (91%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
[SUMMARY]

For a game that is free to play, and has very little download time it is most certainly worth your time, if you got 30 minutes or so spare, download this game and play it. Do note if you are under the age of 13, that you need to think carefully before playing this game, because it might scare younger players, but to be honest do feel free to play it, and finish it. Totally recommend: 8/10.

[IN DEPTH REVIEW]

So, you still have your doubts huh? Well, I’ll explain why it is so great.

The storyline is so brilliant for an indie horror game, to be honest I hate horror games, but this, was something I actually enjoyed, it has no jump scares (although I did rush the game for the review, I may update it later if there is one, that I may have missed during rushing), and is purely driven about the idea of psychological horror, and that’s what makes it such a compelling storyline, and, despite the multiple chills I felt going down my back, I continued, because I wanted to see what would happen, and how it would end.

In terms of playability, it is, like most indie games, a pick up and play, the only thing that will make you think, is the complexity of the situation, and not which controls you need to press, the themes of this game is mildly concerning, (not going to spoil anything) and at the end, really makes you think about yourself, and if what your doing is right. I really struggled to get started on this review, purely because it keep returning to my mind, but, that is what the game is meant to do to you.

The game itself is quite a lot more serious than the clone of games being released every 3 weeks (*cough* Five Nights at Freddy’s *cough*), and is a ton better than whatever they are releasing, so before spending some of your hard earned cash, (or not so hard earned cash, I don’t know how you get money), why not give this a whirl first? Truth to be told, it has more entertainment value than You-Know-What.

My only complaint about the game would be that the game really could and should have been a great deal longer, the story and plot line has so much room for expansion, don’t get me wrong this game is good as it is, but an update or something to have more of a capitalisation upon the story of the characters (trying not to spoil here), as it was not really explained enough to really give to effective of a cliff-hanger, but is suppose, it is about the psychological effects more than the plot after all.

Addressing re-playability, it looks the game that you might feel inclined to play and then play again immediately, or after a few weeks of intervals, because the story immerses you so well, (like I said room for expansion) that you really want to replay it, (after this review I’m probably going off to replay it, because it’s so good), but, to be honest, it doesn’t need to be replayed, however, if you got the time, replay it, because it’s like your looking through a completely different perspective, and maybe I would of get FNAF 2 if I had the ability to be the animatronics, but to be honest, it isn’t up my street anyway, (I hate jump scares, poorest way of adding tension, but I’m not a game developer, so what do I know?), but I’m getting off topic.

Next on my list is the graphics, and when I say what you expected from a game that takes barely any time to download, your answer would probably be not much, however, this graphics, enhances the game, and makes it more immersive, it feels older, making you feel it is more unknown the games you normally play, and considering the engine used was Unity free version, you can count me impressed. I think the creator could not be more right with this “It features a unique artstyle that combines elements of pixel horror with realistic lighting effect, which is intended to enhance the surreal atmosphere”. That right there is exactly what it does, the graphic make it feel more real, it makes the atmosphere feel as if it is happening with just you in control of the body, and that the body you control, is you, and you want to know who is this character, and what is he/she doing here? What relevance does it have to the story? How does the title fit in with all this? And that is exactly why you play this game past the opening moments, because you want to know the answer, and you are going to play through this game multiple times just to find out what is going on here. And that is the true beauty of an indie game like this.

Last, but most certainly not least, the music. This tune, fits too well for this game, the eerie sound of the tune fits in perfectly with the game itself, as if the music was made specifically for the game (maybe it was?) because it naturally makes sense for the sounds being played and the game itself, I can’t have any real complaints about this game, because, on all aspects, its indie developer’s dream, because it doesn’t appear to have any bugs, its well-made and fluid.

I really want to say how impressed I am by this, and I give kudos to the creator for such a unique and enjoyable game, that has changed my opinion on all horror games, and the genre itself, maybe I might get those games with lots of zombies and jump scares in it… No. This game is beautifully original, and is hand crafted to a perfect game, and is an absolute gem.

If you’re still not willing to give this game a go, then… I don’t know, maybe you just don’t like psychological horror, or maybe you’re on your phone or something, and you can’t download it yet, who knows, maybe you’re holidaying in Belarus, and won’t be back for a while.

So, in a nutshell, good game, well played. Sorry for any mistakes, I’m not fluent English, if you have any questions, or want me to review a game, add me or drop a comment on this, or my profile.
And on that bombshell…

Goodnight!

P.S: I do know this game has been out since March last year, but just wasn’t on Steam
P.S.S: Totally didn’t find out just now when searching the game to make sure I hadn’t got the wrong game
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170 of 196 people (87%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
A very short game that can be beaten in 10-20 minutes. But despite that, it gives a very haunting atmosphere that sends chills down your spine. This game is very well made and doesn't resort to cheap jumpscares to scare the player. Fingerbones touches on subjects you'd never want to think about and it has one job: to creep you the ♥♥♥♥ out. My rating for this game: 7/10
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116 of 132 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
I am a horror fan. I do not like jump scares. Being scared has nothing to do with horror.
Horror is something you build up. It never goes away. Horror stays!
So what about Fingerbones?
Well... this is really a very interesting horror game.
I mean it is disturbing.
But it has a story to tell, and the story is unraveled in a good way.

This game is not for everyone though.
There are people that will dislike it.
Either because of the stoy or of the whole setting.
I will recommend this, but beware. This is an adult plus game and it is really disturbing in many ways.
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280 of 362 people (77%) found this review helpful
318 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
Door that says exit actually exits.

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